The South of Italy has no shortage of breathtaking landscapes, rich history and incredible cuisine – but it’s still somewhat unknown when compared to other areas of the Bel Paese. It’s a good thing then that there are several initiatives that aim to make it more accessible and popular, like the Cammino Materano and its newest hiking route.

If you’ve ever walked the Sassi di Matera at night, you know how enchanting they are. Yet, at the same time, they can also be eerie; the dark ravines, mysterious caves and labyrinthine alleys enveloped in silence can give you a certain thrill.   Imagine them on gloomy November nights, decades ago when the Sassi weren’t as picturesque as they are to...

Talking about Matera, the Basilicata’s stone jewel, words of astonishment are never enough. The suggestive Sassi, the ancient houses carved in the rock, the symbol of the city, are increasingly arousing admiration the visitors, not only the first time. Matera is not just Sassi: that’s why we have managed some “taylor-made” itineraries to live it be...

The European Union (EU) anointed Matera, Italy the coveted title of “European Capital of Culture” in 2019, raising the city’s profile around the world. For many of us hooked on the engaging Italian TV series, Imma Tataranni: Sostituto Procuratore, the show’s protagonist, Imma Tataranni (played by Vanessa Scalera) might be considered one of the regi...

A walk to discover the most beautiful towns in Basilicata between history, food and tradition. Basilicata is one of the most mysterious inland regions of Italy and on its Apennines, halfway between its largest provinces, Potenza and Matera, hides a world made of villages and small municipalities with a century-old history. From the Ionian to the Ty...

Matera, in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, is, in the words of Unesco, which inscribed it in its World Heritage list in 1993, “the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem.” The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera contains a...

Venice will always be one of Europe’s most magnificent destinations. But with so many tourists flooding in and out of the city every day, it’s not for everyone. Luckily, there are plenty of Italian destinations that are equally charming but not yet spoiled by mass tourism. WITNESS THE BEAUTY OF SIENA, TUSCANY The picturesque region of Tuscany is ho...

Non è difficile individuare il perché del successo delle capitali europee e italiane della cultura. Si potrebbe enucleare tutto in un’affermazione molto concreta: con una buona gestione del titolo di “capitale” si possono ottenere importanti risultati economici e discreti successi comunicativi con una spesa relativamente bassa. Se per organizzare u...

Matera’s bread is the bread obtained by an ancient processing system, typically used by bakers in the city and province of Matera, in the Basilicata region. This system provides for the exclusive use of durum wheat semolina. The bread obtained, thanks to the ingredients used and the specificity of the manufacturing process, is characterized by a ye...

Un cielo azzurro, pieno di sole, e una temperatura di 13 gradi hanno salutato con favore a Matera la cerimonia di chiusura dell’anno di Capitale europea della Cultura. I numeri che sostanziano il successo di questi dodici mesi sono stati annunciati nel corso di una conferenza stampa a Palazzo Lanfranchi, coordinata da Serafino Paternoster e a cui h...